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The Fold by Peter Clines – Review

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Peter Clines is taking the geek world by storm and his newest novel, The Fold, doesn’t disappoint.

Peter Clines has published numerous works including short fiction pieces and articles on the film and television industries. His true calling however resides in creating sci-fi gold that will leave its mark on the genre for years to come (Kind of like Hans Solo in carbonite). After the triumphant Ex-Heroes series and the renowned stand-alone 14, comes an insane thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. The Fold encompasses horror, drama, romance, thrills, terrifying killer aliens and references to geek culture in almost every chapter. If you revel in the idea of multi-dimensional travel and find yourself wondering “what’s really out there?” this book is for you.

Mike Erikson isn’t your typical high school teacher. He’s actually one of the smartest people in America but leaves behind his extraordinary mental capabilities while spending his days teaching an English class in a small New England town. When school gets let out for the summer, Mike is called up by an old friend and offered a unique position; one that only he is specially qualified for. Mike has been offered many jobs and declined each of them but this one he just can’t pass up.

His position takes him to the middle of the desert where a team of DARPA scientists have invented the next step in multi-dimensional travel: The Albuquerque Door. This “door” is a gigantic machine with the ability to “fold” dimensions. The device works by minimizing the distance between magnetic fields so that a person can step through and end up somewhere else entirely; be it the other side of town, in a different country or even a different dimension. Unfortunately, when Mike arrives at his new gig, he notices something is very wrong. People are dying and the team of scientists are changing in an odd way that Mike cannot understand. Everything around Mike is changing, even time itself.

The Fold encompasses horror, drama, romance, thrills, terrifying killer aliens and references to geek culture in almost every chapter. If you revel in the idea of multi-dimensional travel and find yourself wondering “what’s really out there?” this book is for you.

The emotional journey that Cline takes readers on in The Fold is extremely enjoyable.  He has created a protagonist in Mike that grows as a person as he shifts from a mundane school teacher to a courageous hero; a shift that proves both tactile and intriguing. Among the chaos provided by super strong killer aliens and portals to other dimensions Mike’s emotional and mental transition allowed me to connect and care about his character. He is also extremely sarcastic and at times I found myself laughing along to the humorous bickering between him and his friends.  Along with the high likability factor of Mike, the supporting characters are also very enjoyable and unique in their own ways.

If you find yourself questioning the universe and asking “What if?” this book will excite and redefine your imaginative side. If you love star trek or nerd culture in general you will find yourself smiling at the brilliant and perfectly situated references this novel utilizes oh so cleverly. The Fold is a must read for all the awesome geeks out there and I promise it doesn’t disappoint. Not one bit.


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